Editorials

Vision Speeding

WE ARE not rushing to judgment, but we have major concerns with an Ohio Supreme Court traffic enforcement decision this week.The Buckeye State's high court ruled that a person may be convicted of speeding purely if it appears to a police officer that the motorist was traveling too fast.The ...

Relay For Life

WALKING HAS never been more in vogue. Its health values are immeasurable.Walking takes on added significance this weekend at two local venues.Both Bellaire and Yorkville will play host to Relays for Life. The events are staged to bring an awareness to the never-ending fight against cancer while ...

Spanning Time

IF ALL goes as planned, the Bellaire Toll Bridge will finally be coming down. It will be a bittersweet razing.The bridge -- once a bustling and revenue-generating entity -- has laid dormant for some two decades. It has morphed into a deteriorating eyesore, one which has also become a major ...

A Real Classic

COMPETITORS, take your mark.And with that, the 34th Annual Ogden Newspapers 20K Classic Run and Walk will unfold.The distance extravaganza has blossomed into a rite of spring in the Ohio Valley, more precisely Memorial Day Weekend. The classic brings with it countless entrants, spectators and ...

Underage Drinking

As May comes to an end, festivities in connection with the beginning of summer kick off. Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, the school year is coming to a close and high school seniors are celebrating graduations.With this time of celebration comes an increased prevalence of underage ...

Safety Net

We're venturing into the season when many motorists take to the road, and with increased traffic during the late spring and the summer months comes increased dangers on your highways.This high-traffic season is being made safer this year thanks to a new effort by the Ohio State Highway Patrol ...

Harrison Hills

UNCERTAINTY AND frustration are very prevalent throughout the expansive Harrison Hills School District.That is a direct result of three recent meetings by the district's board of education, focusing on a large deficit projection. Those meetings, however, failed to produce a game plan to erase ...

Preserving Tradition

WHATEVER happened to tradition - as well as a way to save money?The Columbus Dispatch recently reported it's likely that The Ohio State University eventually will tear down the St. John Arena but it probably won't occur for years. Athletics director Gene Smith is quoted as noting that the ...

Prudent Moves

FOLLOWING THE defeat of Issues 3 and 4 on the May Primary ballot, the Buckeye Local Board of Education needed to make some tough decisions. Those painful but money-saving moves came to fruition Monday.School board members, as expected, announced plans to close two schools for the coming year. ...

Useful Training

THE BELMONT-Harrison Career Center is providing prospective teachers an invaluable learning tool. We embrace the Capstone Project "Pathways to Teaching."The program, now in its seventh year, provides high school seniors who harbor hopes of entering the teaching profession hands-on classroom ...

Harrison Hills

TWO ELEMENTARY schools in the Harrison Hills School District avoided the chopping block last week.Jewett and Lakeland elementary schools gained a new lease on life -- albeit a possible short one -- following action by the district's board of education.Harrison Hills is yet another local school ...

County Vehicles

Last week the Belmont County Commissioners announced that they had received complaints about questionable use of county vehicles, stressing that they were taking steps to make sure policies that are in place aren't ignored.The board sent a memo out to county department heads advising them of ...

Drug testing

WE EMBRACE the Martins Ferry School District's proactive stance on drug testing.The board of education drew the line in the sand when it comes to student-athletes and the use of drugs. The district will implement a drug testing program with the advent of the 2010-2011 school year.Board members ...

Children’s Books

ACTION taken last week by voters in other areas of the Buckeye State is encouraging and shows an interest in public libraries.The Columbus Dispatch reveals that 86 percent of the library tax issues throughout the state were approved by voters in the May primary election while 81 percent were ...

Jail Facelift

THINGS ARE looking up in Harrison County, unless you are a criminal.The county jail is preparing for a grand reopening in the very near future. With it comes good financial news for a county which could use some.Sheriff Ronald Myers has been successful in efforts to secure funding to renovate ...

New Direction

A NEW day is dawning in Bellaire. With it, we hope a brighter future follows for the fiscally challenged village.The All-American Town is shedding the village administrator form of government. In its place will be a Board of Public Affairs.The three-member panel took form this past Thursday. ...

Proactive Apprroach

Last week the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration forced six small mines in Kentucky to close. The action came as a result of surprise inspections in which hundreds of serious violations were discovered at 57 coal mines in the United States.Those inspections came in the wake of the ...

Next step?

VOTERS HAVE spoken, and for Bellaire School District officials, it is not positive news.A 12.9-mill emergency school levy was on Tuesday's Ohio Primary ballot. The issue was defeated by a convincing 3-1 margin from the nearly 2,400 votes cast.It is another setback for a school district reeling ...

Aiding Others

FROM activities throughout the area, it's obvious that many East Ohio natives know the importance of being willing to carry the ball when it comes to helping others.And, two happenings of this kind occurring this week involve balls - although one event focuses on tennis balls while the other is ...

Police Staffing

THE MARTINS Ferry Police Department is not being well received by lead-footed motorists these days.Thanks to the prudent utilization of auxiliary police officers, the Martins Ferry police have been able to better patrol Ohio 7. As a result, significantly more speeding citations are being issued ...